Bananas Foster Martini
I've had Banana Schnapps on hand for almost a year now thinking I'd create some kind of banana based martini. I love that fake banana flavor that it has, but didn't want to do the typical chocolate/banana combination that one sees everywhere. Then recently, I thought of trying to recreate the experience of flambéed bananas with burnt sugar caramel. I think the result is pretty spot on.
Careful though, this one is nothing but straight booze and is a little too delicious. ;)
- 3 oz Dark Rum (I prefer Appleton)
- 3 oz 99 Bananas
- Splash of Caramel Vodka
- Slice of fresh Banana
Chill an up glass with crushed ice and water. Shake all liquid ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats and strain into the glass. The caramel vodka is overpowering, so be sure to add just a splash. Garnish with a thick banana slice.
And yes -- I'm aware that bananas foster is flambéed bananas over vanilla ice cream, but in this case, the vanilla flavor just distracts from the essence of the cocktail and makes it taste like every other vanilla vodka based drink.